Somatic Experiencing vs. traditional therapy

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Somatic Experiencing vs. traditional therapy

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Somatic Experiencing differs from traditional therapies, trauma therapies in the following ways. First, traditionally, trauma has been treated by having people talk about the trauma. What Somatic Experiencing does, it helps people identify how their body has been impacted by the trauma. How we've tighten against the trauma, or collapsed in the trauma. And it helps people to have new experiences of an empowerment and mastery. And it really doesn't have to do either with the reliving of the trauma. It really has to do with being to establish a capacity for resilience and healing.

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Peter A. Levine, PhD

Author of Trauma Proofing Your Kids & Developer of Somatic Experiencing

Peter A. Levine, PhD, holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing, a body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and founder of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, which conducts trainings in this work throughout the world. Dr. Levine was a stress consultant for NASA on the development of the space shuttle project. Levine’s international best-seller, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, has been translated into 24 languages. Levine’s contribution was honored in 2010 when he received the Lifetime Achievement award  Recognizing Outstanding Professionals in the Field of Child/Adolescent Mental Health from the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center.

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